Applying for an F-1 Visa
Before applying for an F-1 visa, you must remit a $200 SEVIS fee, required by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Then follow these steps:
- Bring the following documents to the U.S. Consulate or Embassy that has jurisdiction over your place of residence: SEVIS fee receipt, I-20 (sent by Pfeiffer), passport, all proof of financial support. During your required interview, you must demonstrate:
- You are a lawful student. The officer will review your educational background and plans to assess the likelihood that you will enroll and persist in school through graduation. Be prepared to discuss the reasons you chose a particular college, your anticipated major and career plans. Bring school transcripts, national examination results, and SAT or TOEFEL scores.
- You have sufficient funds to cover all expenses while in the U.S. to indicate that you will not leave school early or work illegally. Provide evidence of your sponsor's sources and amounts of income.
- You have a residence in your home country to which you intend to return. Consular officers are required by the U.S. State Department to assume applicants for visas intend to remain in the U.S. unless they are otherwise convinced. They must be confident that your stay in the U.S. will be temporary. Examples of information that lets them know you intend to return to your home country include details about your family's economic position, property you own or will inherit or your own economic potential when you return after completing your education.
- If the consular officer approves your application, â€œF-1 Visaâ€ will be stamped on a page of your passport.
- Apply at a port of entry for admission to the U.S. by:
- Presenting a passport (valid for at least 6 months)
- Presenting an F-1 visa that has Pfeiffer University listed in the annotation
- Producing the I-20 issued by Pfeiffer and with your signature
- Showing evidence of financial support and supporting documentation
- Indicating to the immigration inspector that you are qualified in every way to be admitted as an F-1 student
- If the immigration inspector approves your entry into the U.S., you will receive an I-94 form, which indicates:
- The date and place of entry
- Your status (should be F-1)
- A unique 11-digit identification number
- D/S (duration of status), which means you are admitted to the U.S. for the length of time required to complete a specific program. This date is indicated on the I-20. If your I-94 does not have D/S, contact Pfeiffer's International Center immediately.
- The inspector will stamp the top page of your I-20. (Note: You will need your I-20 any time you travel outside the U.S. Page 3 must be signed by a DSO from Pfeiffer's International Center at least every 12 months (preferably every 6 months), particularly if you will be traveling outside the U.S.
- When you arrive on campus, bring your passport, I-94, I-20, and SEVIS fee receipt to the International Center so a copy can be entered in your student file.
Why Study in the United States and at Pfeiffer University
When you decide to attend a U.S. college or university, you will join more than 500,000 students from around the world who have made the same choice. Here is just some of what international students discover about American higher education:
Qualityâ€”U.S. colleges are known worldwide for their facilities, resources and faculty. Accreditation systems assure that institutions and programs maintain high standards.
Choiceâ€”Higher education in the U.S. is unmatched in regard types of institutions, academic and social environments, admissions requirements, degree programs and specializations.
Valueâ€”A degree from a U.S. college or university is an investment in your future. A wide range of tuition rates and living costs, plus available financial aid, make study in the U.S. affordable for many students.
Flexibilityâ€”Flexible course options and the ability to transfer from one school to another makes studying in the U.S. unique.
Pfeiffer University's undergraduate and graduate programs, which are accredited by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and Certification and Quality Securities Institute (AQUIN) and offered in several locations and online, will make your U.S. higher education experience affordable, distinctive and worthwhile.
Learn more about studying in the U.S.
Working in the U.S.
Tips for Emergency Evacuations
Remember to take important documents with you: DS-2019, passport, visa, current and expired I-20, 1-94, Social Security Card, drivers' licenses, medical records, financial records, plane tickets, checks and credit cards. Take any contact numbers or email addresses to keep in touch with the International Center Staff:
Ms. Rebecca Hraczo
Dr. Jim Gulledge
48380 US Hwy 52 North
P.O. Box 960
Misenheimer, North Carolina 28109-0960
FAX: (704) 463-3356
Main: (704) 463-1363
** Check with the International Center to find out how they want to be contacted if you are displaced during an emergency evacuation.
Take SEVP contact information:
- SSN Form
International Financial Aid and Scholarships
Pfeiffer Undergraduate International Student Merit Scholarship
Pfeiffer offers international scholarships in amounts ranging from $2,000-$11,000 annually based on academic performance. These scholarships are determined automatically after admission to Pfeifferâ€”there is no separate application. They are renewable annually based on a 2.5 or higher GPA and full-time enrollment.
Other Possible Sources of Financial Aid
CollegeView - Extensive financial aid section covers types of financial aid, a scholarship search and directory, and features answers to students' grant, loan, and scholarship questions
EduPASS: The SmartStudent (this is trademarked) Guide to Studying in the USA - Provides useful articles, recommendations, and links to sources of financial aid
FinAid! - Covers loans, scholarships, fellowships for graduate students, and military aid and provides helpful tools for students to determine how much money they'll need
*searchable with keywords such as â€œinternational student financial aidâ€
GraduateTutor.com - Apply for a scholarship valued at $5,000 dollars with an essay on "the best advice you can give a business student." The last day to apply is Nov. 30, 2012.
The International Education Financial Aid Page - Contains wide-ranging financial aid, college scholarship, and grant information for international students
International Scholarships - A comprehensive listing of grants, scholarships, loan programs, and other information to assist international students in their pursuit to study abroad
U.S. Department of Education - Available in Spanish and English versions, The Student Guide is a free resource that features grants, loans, work study programs, and other forms of financial aid available through the U.S. federal government.
College Board Scholarship Search - Online tool to help locate scholarships, internships, grants, and loans that match education level, talents, and background
FastWeb - Scholarship search that matches goals, hobbies, interests, and background with scholarship opportunities
Wiredscholar - Connects students with money for college through a free scholarship search
American Association of University Women - An international student loan program for international students enrolled at US universities/colleges.
Collegeboard - Locates scholarships, loans, internships, and other financial aid programs from non-college sources that match your educational level, talents, and background.
Financial planning for study in the US.
Institute of International Education - Fellowships and sponsored programs, including the Fulbright Program. Funding US study: A guide for foreign nationals.
The International Student - Information on a range of resources from the college admission process to securing a student visa.
US Journal of Academics - Recent financial aid information for international students in the U.S.A.
The Rotary Foundation - Information on Rotary International's privately funded international scholarship program.
International Research and Exchange Board (IREX) - Two sites of general information about an organization that promotes fellowships and exchanges between US and NIS countries.
NAFSA - Association of International Educators promotes the exchange of students and scholars to and from the United States.
Loan Programs for International Students
Teri Loans - Co-applicant must be a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident who has been residing in the U.S. for the previous two years, and has been with the same employer for the previous 2 years
MEFA Loan (Mass. Educational Financing Authority) - Internationals can apply with US citizen or permanent resident co-signer. Canadians can apply with co-applicant (who can be a Canadian citizen)
Access Group Loan - To apply individually, must have Social Security Number and credit history of at least 4 years. Can apply with responsible co-signer (US citizen or non-citizen) who meets the above criteria
Global Student Loan Company (GSLC) - Comprehensive education loan for international and distance learning students that does not require a U.S. co-signer
International Student Loan - Information on the International Student Loan Program (ISLP) for students with a U.S. citizen or permanent resident co-signer
Student College Loan - Up-to-date news and information on loans, as well as advice on consolidating student debt, calculating school costs, and understanding the loan process
Student Loan Station - Outlines specific loans available to students worldwide and explains student loan refinancing options, loan consolidation, obtaining direct loans, and much more
The following company will give a loan to an int'l student if he/she has a co-signer who is a permanent resident or US citizen: Chela Financial USA, Inc. P. O. Box 64768 St. Paul, MN 55164-0768 1-800-366-0032
International Student Loan Program (EDUCAID) - Their telephone number is 1 800 255 8374
Foundations & Grant Opportunities for Internationals
The Foundation Center - Online resource with a listing of foundations that fund individuals
The Fulbright Program - Funds students, scholars, and professionals who wish to undertake graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and teaching in elementary and secondary schools
Fulbright Program-- http://www.cies.org/
GrantsNet - One-stop resource to find funds for training in the sciences and undergraduate science education
The Soros Foundation Network - Features a research page that displays a variety of grants available (in many program areas) through the Open Society Institute and Soros Foundations Network
The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation -